7 Tips in Sketch to save your day!

Tips to make Sketch faster, smoother and easier

You’ve been working up a storm in Sketch, and for that you deserve all of the high-fives. But now it’s time to kick things up a notch and improve your workflow with Sketch, prototyping and user testing combined!

Time is such a precious thing that it’s actually worth spending some of it learning techniques that’ll make you more efficient in the long run — So, here are a few tips for using Sketch to prototype and test designs that should make things smoother, faster, and easier.

1. Get the perfect size for your art board!

Okay, I get it! I know this is not the best tip of the lot! But it is really important and you would definitely agree to me on that.. Sketch provides a lot of predefined artboards to get you started right. Just type A and pick the artboard you need.

2. Copy styles between layers

Sketch makes it super easy to copy styles between layers. It is not mentioned upfront but it’s easy to do it. Here’s how to do it —

⌘+Option+C
⌘+Option+V

3. Use shared styles

You’re done with 150 screens , and it is your 4th round of reviews. The finish line is in sight. And then your stakeholder says, “Can we change all the buttons to blue?”

Instead of losing your mind, you could just say “Ok” — because you used shared styles on all those buttons. When you’re creating UI elements you’ll use again and again, set their style by clicking No Shared Style, then Create New Shared Style, and give it a memorable name.

4. Duplicate anything in seconds

If you hold Option, then click and drag an element, it will copy it. Once you’ve placed it, just hit Cmd+D to do it again and again.

5. Save frustration with “Scale”

Let’s say you designed an interface, but you want to resize it to another size. Resizing it often shrinks it disproportionately. If you just drag the corner to shrink it, you’re going to be unhappy with the result. So instead, click Scale and resize to the dimensions you need.

6. Color Picker

Use the Colour Picker in Sketch to grab any colour visible on your screen. All you need to do is — “CTRL+C

7. Drop files directly to CanvasFlip for prototyping

Exporting designs from Sketch and then uploading them to a prototyping tool is a pain. That’s why we integrated with Sketch — You can now directly sync or upload designs to CanvasFlip.

What do you think? Have a tip we should add? Tell us the one thing you wish you’d known about when you first started using Sketch.

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